Tuesday, 16 July 2019
Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas - The editor and big chief of The Dubrovnik Times. Born in the UK he has been living and working in Dubrovnik since 1998, yes he is one of the rare “old hands.” A unique insight into both British and Croatian life and culture, Mark is often known as just “Englez” or Englishman. He is a traveller, a current affairs freak and a huge AFC Wimbledon fan.

Email: mark.thomas@dubrovnik-times.com

The Prime Minister, Andrej Plenković, yesterday officially put into operation the new water purifier system in Dubrovnik. “The purifier will ensure the daily quality of water and the overall life in Dubrovnik, and the most recent demonstration of the agility of the newly elected city government in the realization of one of the crucial issues that have been the subject of public debate for years,” commented Plenkovic at the opening ceremony.



The new Dubrovnik water purifier cost 56 million Kuna. The Director of the Dubrovnik Water Company, Lukša Matusic, announced that there would be a second phase of the water purification. He stated that the citizens of Dubrovnik will now have water of a high standard according to European standards. “Clean water 365 days a year is what the citizens of Dubrovnik deserve and they have received today,” concluded Matusic

Jump on in the Adriatic Sea in Dubrovnik is clean and warm. The fourth regular testing of the sea water quality of the 118 beaches in the Dubrovnik – Neretva County was carried out between the 1st of July and the 11th of July by the Public Health Institute of the County.

The quality of the sea water at 116 of the 118 beaches passed the water quality test according to the bathing Water Quality Regulation. From these 116 beaches 113 beaches passed the test with flying colours with the highest rating of excellent, with 3 beaches, Žuljana, Duboka and the mouth of Ploće, passed with a good quality rating.

The beaches in front of Rixos Libertas Dubrovnik and the beach at Donje Čelo on the island of Koločep both failed the quality test. Further testing at the Rixos beach showed that the short term pollution had cleared and the beach passed the test. However, the beach on the island of Koločep is still not fit for swimming.

What a year for Dubrovnik Airport. 2019 has certainly started in positive form for Croatia’s southernmost airport with every single month of the year showing an increase in passenger numbers. June this year was the busiest ever June for Dubrovnik Airport on record with a massive 415,876 passengers travelling through the airport an incredible increase of almost 14 percent when compared to the same month from last year. And apart from being a record breaking month it was also the month that the airport welcomed its millionth passenger.

In January the year started well with 26,323 passengers an 18 percent increase, February saw the biggest increase of the year so far with 33,765 passengers and a 40 percent growth, March was the third best month of the first six months with a growth of 21 percent and 57,880 passengers handled. Then the summer months approached and all the international lines opened. In April the airport handled 210,803 passengers, a 39 percent growth, in May 315,037 passengers an 8 percent growth and in June a whopping 415,976 passengers a 13.8 percent growth.

In total in the first six months of 2019 Dubrovnik Airport has dealt with 1.058.684 passengers a healthy increase of 17.4 percent over the first half of 2018. In other words, an extra 157,184 passengers have used the airport so far this year.


The first edition of the MedCruise Awards took place on June 25th, 2019 in Genoa, and Dubrovnik picked up one of the major awards.

The MedCruise Awards brings together MedCruise members and associate members as well as their partners, local authorities, Cruise Line executives and international press representatives at the first edition of the MedCruise Awards.

The MedCruise Awards integrated several categories with different juries composed by cruise industry experts, where some prizes were given based on jury members’ opinion and others based on facts.

The prizes were given by the Board of Directors members of MedCruise and its President.


MedCruise President highlighted the importance of the initiative like this event to strengthen cooperation among the players in the industry and recognise the companies, organisations and individuals who are work harder to promote the sustainable growth of the cruise activities in the Mediterranean and its adjoining seas.

“I would like to congratulate all the winners and thank all MedCruise members, associate members, cruise line executives and international press representatives for taking part of the election process and supporting this great event as well as the Board of Directors members of MedCruise for their commitment to the organisation of this great event”, said the President of MedCruise, Díaz Pastor.

And the Port of Dubrovnik won the prestigious award of Best port in the Adriatic Sea region.


In the Dubrovnik Museum of Modern Art, on the 4th of July, a large exhibition on all three floors of the museum entitled “Modern and Contemporary Art: an exhibition from the collection of the Dubrovnik Art Gallery” opened to the public.

And on Friday the 12th of July a rather special tour of the exhibition was given to artists whose works were exhibited at the exhibition as well as expert leadership through the exhibition.

The exhibition Modern and Contemporary Art: an exhibition from the collection of Art Gallery Dubrovnik presents a selection from the gallery’s collection that today counts over 2,700 works of art, covering the period from the late 19th century to the present. The three floors of the Villa Banac, one of the most beautiful buildings of Croatian modern architecture, are packed with works of art that include reflections of Impressionism, Expressionistic and Coloristic tendencies, abstract expression of the organic and geometric type of the fifties and sixties, postmodern painting tendencies of the eighties and art of expanded media that includes photography, video, and performing arts.



This exhibition is an opportunity for numerous domestic and foreign guests, who visit Dubrovnik in large numbers to visit and discover the quality and stylish pluralism of modern and contemporary art represented in the collection of the Dubrovnik Museum of Modern Art.

The exhibition is open every day, expect Mondays, from 9 am to 8 pm.

With the height of the summer season upon us you might be looking for a vacation apartment on the Adriatic coastline. According to a survey carried out by the popular Croatian website Njuskalo the average price of an apartment in Croatia is currently 67 Euros per night.

Depending on your destination in Croatia you can probably expect to pay anything from a budget friendly 25 Euros a night to around 100 Euros a night in Dubrovnik. And whilst the majority of tourists book their summer apartment using sites such as booking.com or Airbnb the Croatian Njuskalo is picking up more interest from foreign guests, mostly from Germany, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Austria.

The average daily rental price of a tourist apartment in Croatia when all of the various offers are taken into account in 67 Euros, which is 4 Euros more than last year. According to the data the average rental price of the tourist apartment outside of the main season is 46 Euros, or 31 percent cheaper than in the summer.

Unsurprisingly the highest apartment rental prices are in Dubrovnik and in Central Dalmatia. The website’s data shows that their offer of summer apartments in the wider Dubrovnik region sees an average price of 77 Euros in the main season. Although as the site has a relatively small amount of apartments for rent in Dubrovnik this average price is lower than expected. In reality the average price of an apartment in Dubrovnik is closer to 100 Euros per day.

Works on finally closing the main rubbish landfill site in Dubrovnik after years of lost time due to poor organisation and political wranglings. G.T Trade from Split have started on the first phase of the closure of the Grabovica municipal waste landfill site, and are working in accordance to a contract signed in May this year.

This 12 million Kuna investment in the first phase is the first precondition for the total closure of the landfill site by the end of 2020, for which the City of Dubrovnik will partially use funds from the environmental protection and energy efficiency budget.

After the closure of Grabovica, the municipal waste will be transported to another location where a county waste management centre will be constructed. However, the future site of this new centre has yet to be published.

One half of the world famous musical duo the 2Cellos is having a well-earned break in his hometown of Dubrovnik. Luka Šulić is on a family holiday in Dubrovnik and making the most of the crystal, clear Adriatic Sea and splashing around with his son Val.
Luka, who along with Stjepan Hauser make up the 2Cellos, uploaded a photo of the sea fun with his son onto his Instagram account and it soon went viral. And yes the beach where he swum was named Šulić, clearing showing that Luka has strong family roots in Dubrovnik, even his comment on the photo confirmed this “At Šulić beach in Dubrovnik #family #roots #vacay”

Recently Luka and his wife Tamara Zagoranski celebrated the arrival of the second child, Hana.


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